(16th Annual General Body Meeting of Wetlands International South Asia held at NSIC Business Park in New Delhi)
The 16th Annual General Body Meeting of Wetlands International South Asia took place on September 27, 2023, in the conference room of the NSIC Business Park, marking a significant milestone in the organisation’s ongoing commitment to wetlands conservation and restoration. This in-person meeting provided an opportunity for key stakeholders to convene, discuss, and approve the annual report for the year 2022-2023 and review the audit report. Some members also joined virtually due to prior commitments.
(Dr Sidharth Kaul, President Wetlands International South Asia addressing the General Body Members)
The event commenced with a warm welcome from the President of Wetlands International South Asia, Dr Sidharth Kaul. Dr Kaul extended his heartfelt gratitude to the esteemed members of the general body for their unwavering dedication and support in advancing the cause of wetland preservation across the region. In his opening remarks, he emphasised the critical role that wetlands play in maintaining ecological balance, enhancing biodiversity, and mitigating climate change impacts.
(Dr Ritesh Kumar, Director Wetlands International South Asia presenting the annual report of the organisation to the members)
The Governing Body in the last triennium agreed on a reserves policy. The members have agreed to strengthen the infrastructure of the office so that it is able to function more efficiently. A proposal was also brought to amend the Rules and Regulations of the Society. With an increasing and diversifying membership base, the Governing Body recommended putting adequate safeguards in place so that election to the various positions within the Society is not at random but is based on experiences and skillsets required for Society governance.
(Interaction by the General Body Members)
The Annual Report for 2022-2023 served as a testament to the organisation’s remarkable accomplishments. It showcased successful wetland restoration projects, community-led conservation efforts, and widespread awareness campaigns.
(General Body Members reading the Annual Report of Wetlands International South Asia)
After Dr. Kumar’s comprehensive presentation, the members of the general body engaged in an informative discussion, addressing queries, sharing insights, and contributing their perspectives. This interactive session highlighted the collective dedication of diverse stakeholders, including environmentalists, scientists, government officials, and community representatives, towards the preservation and enhancement of wetlands in South Asia.
(Discussion by the General Body Members)
In addition to approving the annual report, the meeting approved the audit report for the financial year 2022-2023 after a thorough review.
The 16th Annual General Body Meeting of Wetlands International South Asia concluded with a renewed and resolute commitment to safeguarding wetlands.